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Business Local News March 27, 2015

Burned Laiki depositors protest

MEMBERS of the association of former Laiki depositors (SYKALA) and other bank debtors briefly tussled with police outside parliament yesterday, before marching onto the Presidential Palace to continue their protest.

A crowd of around 400 gathered outside parliament, cordoned off by police. The demonstrators briefly tried to push through the barricade, but were repelled by security.

Joining the SYKALA protesters in solidarity were members of the Movement Against Foreclosures and the Borrowers Association ‘Evnomia’.

Once tensions defused, a delegation of…

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International News March 26, 2015

Yemeni leader Hadi leaves country as Saudi Arabia keeps up air strikes on Houthi rebels

By Khaled Abdallah and Sami Aboudi

Yemen’s President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi left his refuge in Aden under Saudi protection on Thursday and arrived in Saudi Arabia as Houthi rebels battled with forces still loyal to him on the outskirts of the southern port city.

Throughout the day, warplanes from Saudi Arabia and Arab allies struck at Houthi forces, who have taken over much of the country in their campaign to oust Hadi.

The Saudi-led military intervention marked a major escalation…

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International News March 26, 2015

German police search house of pilot who flew A320 into mountain (Update 9)

By Tim Hepher and Jean-Francois Rosnoblet

A young German co-pilot locked himself alone in the cockpit of Germanwings flight 9525 and set it on course to crash into an Alpine mountain, killing all 150 people on board including himself, prosecutors said on Thursday.

French prosecutors offered no motive for why 28-year-old Andreas Lubitz apparently took the controls of the Airbus A320, locked the captain out of the cockpit and deliberately set it veering down from cruising altitude at 3,000 feet…

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International News March 26, 2015

Iran demands immediate halt to military actions in Yemen

Iranian demanded an immediate halt to Saudi-led military operations in Yemen on Thursday and said it would make all necessary efforts to control the crisis there, Iranian news agencies reported.

Warplanes from Saudi Arabia and Arab allies on Thursday struck Iran-allied Houthi forces fighting to oust the country’s Western-backed president. Saudi-owned al-Arabiya TV reported a ground offensive with troops from other Muslim states was being prepared.

“The Saudi-led air strikes should stop immediately and it is against Yemen’s sovereignty,” the…

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International News March 25, 2015

Greece fails in bid for early cash release, reforms awaited

Greece failed in a bid on Wednesday to secure a quick cash payment from the euro zone rescue fund to help stave off potential bankruptcy next month, raising pressure on Athens to deliver a convincing reform programme within days.

Athens had appealed for the European Financial Stability Facility to return 1.2 billion euros ($1.32 billion) it said it had overpaid when it transferred bonds intended for bank recapitalisation back to the Luxembourg-based fund this month.

But senior Euro zone officials…

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Local News March 25, 2015

EU convinced over halloumi’s traditional Cypriot character, Minister says

The process of designating halloumi cheese as a Cypriot traditional product is at an advanced level, Minister of Agriculture Nicos Kouyialis has stated on Wednesday.

The Cypriot government has filed an application to the EU for designating halloumi as a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) and according to the Minister, the relevant file is now at the stage of translation, after it has passed all checks by the competent European Commission Directorate General.

In the next few days, the application…

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Local News March 25, 2015

Cyprus marks Greek National Day with island-wide celebrations

Cyprus celebrated on Wednesday the Greek National Day, with religious services and pupils` parades in all major cities throughout the free areas of the Republic of Cyprus.

Celebrations in the capital, Nicosia, centered around the Panayia Phaneromeni Church, in the old part of the town, where a commemoration service was attended in the morning by the President of the Republic, Nicos Anastasiades, the President of the House Yiannakis Omirou and representatives of political parties, of the military leadership and of…

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News in Brief March 25, 2015

President expresses condolences for plane tragedy in France

President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades has expressed his deep condolences to the families and the governments of the victims of yesterday’s plane tragedy in France.

In a written statement, the President says that “it is with great sorrow that I was informed about the tragic news of the plane crash in the French Alps which resulted in the death of 150 people, among them many children”.

“On behalf of the people of Cyprus, the Government and myself, I express…

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International News March 25, 2015

Thousands of Singaporeans take to the streets to mourn Lee Kuan Yew

By Rujun Shen and Aradhana Aravindan

Thousands of Singaporeans queued on Wednesday to pay their last respects to former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, who lay in state at Parliament House, waiting for up to eight hours in stifling tropical heat to view his body.

Lee’s coffin was taken by gun carriage to Parliament House on Wednesday morning. Lee, modern Singapore’s founding father, died on Monday, aged 91.

His casket, wrapped in the Singaporean flag, was brought from the Istana…

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Local News March 25, 2015

President: Reasons for suspending negotiations “have not ceased to exist”

The reasons for which the Greek Cypriot side has suspended its participation in the Cyprus talks have not ceased to exist, President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades said on Wednesday, adding that the resumption of the talks for a Cyprus settlement depends on the stance of the other side.

Speaking after a religious service, in Nicosia, to commemorate the Greek Independence Day, the President said moreover that the Day`s message is one of “unity and struggle”.

Asked about…

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